Hollywood has finally seen the light, or at least "Homeland" star, Mandy Patinkin, has!
Patinkin has finally admitted that his show unintentionally paints Muslims in a terrible light, and thankfully, has decided to take action in the award-winning show’s sixth season.
“It’s deeply important to me,” he said in an interview this week with The Associated Press.
“In all kinds of entertainment — movies, television — there are always the bad guys; the cowboys and Indians, then the Russians were the bad guys, the Nazis were the bad guys. Now it seems like Muslim ‘terrorists’ are the bad guys,” he said.
“So, inadvertently, because it’s an action show, it’s an on-the-edge-of-your-seat political drama that ‘Homeland’ is, unintentionally we were not helping the Muslim community and we take responsibility for it. And I know I can speak for the writers when they want to right that error that happened because of storytelling.”
For five successive seasons, Muslims were depicted as terrorists in the Showtime series, also starring American actress Claire Danes.
However, season six will see Danes' character return to the US to help the American Muslim community, tying in with what is actually taking place in Trump's America right now.
“We’re part of the problem, but we also desperately want to be part of the cure and we are working toward that in our story lines,” he said.
“If you watch the whole thing as a whole — when you read a novel just don’t read one chapter — if you watch the whole thing as a whole, especially this season, the sixth season, you’ll see who the bad guys really are and you may have surprises in store for you,” he said.
While Patinkin is making amends with Muslims on his TV show, he is trying to make a difference in his personal life, as well.
In addition to praising Muslims' contributions to the world’s civilization, Patinkin is currently working with the International Rescue Committee to help refugees, and to urge President Trump to "be more welcoming to people displaced from war-torn countries."
“He wants people to like him and to like America and to make America great again. America will be made great again by nourishing and encouraging people’s moral and ethical nature. Encouraging their human-beingness, not their fear,” he said.
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